News Release - Public Input Sought for City Transportation Plan

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, June 11, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren is inviting members of the community to help guide the future of Rochester’s transportation system.

The City will host a series of public meetings and has launched an online survey to gain input for the Comprehensive Access and Mobility Plan (CAMP), which will guide future development of the city’s transportation network for all for all modes of transportation, including vehicle, pedestrian, transit, bicycle and those used by people with disabilities.

“Like many cities, Rochester has literally been shaped by its transportation network as commercial districts and residential neighborhoods grew around roads, water landings and water crossings first blazed by Native Americans and frontier settlers,” said Mayor Warren. “The time has come to guide our development decisions and infrastructure investments with purpose and deliberation, and we need the community’s help to do that. The Comprehensive Access and Mobility Plan provides a unique opportunity for our residents to help design a transportation system that meets the needs of every traveler and positons Rochester to leverage the growth of the emerging knowledge economy so we can create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better education opportunities for all of our citizens.”

Rochester’s sustained growth in Downtown and in its surrounding neighborhoods has led to a resurgence that is changing the way residents and visitors navigate our city. The car-first mentality is steadily shifting to a car-optional one. Efforts to meet the demands of the community will offer a versatile transportation system that accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users and help foster a more unified city.

The CAMP will form the multi-modal transportation component of "Rochester 2034 – The Comprehensive Plan for the City of Rochester," which is under development by the Office of Planning. It will produce reports on such transportation subjects as cycling, walking, transit, the delivery of goods and services; and the decisions that drive the transportation decisions of users. The study parameters were designed to focus on the needs of Rochester’s most vulnerable citizens, including people living in poverty, those with disabilities, children and the elderly.

The study is being funded by a $175,000 federal planning grant through the Genesee Transportation Council and a $25,000 match from the City.

The CAMP is being overseen by a steering committee that includes representatives from City and County governments; the Regional Transit Service; the Genesee Transportation Council and advocacy organizations, Reconnect Rochester, the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition and Common Ground Health. Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates are the lead consultants on the project, with assistance provided by TY Lin International and Highland Planning.

Community popup meetings will take place through the end of July. To learn more about the project and take the online survey, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/camp.

The first round of meetings are scheduled as follows:

• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, Wolk Older Adult Center, 25 Franklin St.;
• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 16, Public Market, 280 N. Union St.;
• 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, June 18, Central Library, 115 South Ave.;
• 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, Department of Human Services, 691 Paul St.;
• Time to Be Determined, Saturday, July 21, HealthiKids PlayROCS, multiple locations;
• 12 noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 28, Puerto Rican Festival, 333 Plymouth Ave.

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News Media: For more information, contact Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.